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review 2017-11-26 20:42
The Lost City of the Monkey God
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story - Douglas Preston

Should a bunch of middle aged men invite me on an expedition into the South American jungle, I will politely say "no, thank you". Chances are that these men are complete idiots, not being aware of the fact that everything in the jungle might kill you. Plus they are lugging so many people into the jungle with all the snakes, spiders, tropical diseases and what not, I had to shake my head several times because of the stupidity of these people.


So this audiobook was a mixed bag for me. I liked the parts about the history of Honduras and the banana trade, the tropical diseases and the fer-de-lance snake. The rest of the book didn´t capture my attention quite as much. I´m simply not interested in archaeology and anthropolgy, so there were whole parts of the book I was incredibly bored by.


The Lost City of the Monkey God is not my favorite work of non-fiction.



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review 2017-09-24 12:37
Ein Reisebericht aus dem Urwald
Die Stadt des Affengottes: Eine unbekannte Zivilisation, ein mysteriöser Fluch, eine wahre Geschichte - Douglas Preston,Jürgen Neubauer

In diesem Sachbuch erzählt der Autor Douglas Preston von seiner Expedition in den Dschungel von Honduras. Dort soll es eine noch unerforschte "Weiße Stadt" geben, deren Ruinen in den Tiefen des Waldes verborgen sind.
Im ersten Teil des Buches schildert Preston die Vorbereitungen auf diese Reise und erzählt viel über die Geschichte von Honduras sowie über die gefährliche Lanzenotter, die dort im Urwald zuhause ist.
Anschließend beginnt die Expedition und Preston nimmt uns mit auf seine Reise. Natürlich ist das sehr exotisch, und von Schlangen über Mücken bis hin zu Jaguaren ist alles dabei. Es ist interessant, wie die Gruppe vorgeht und welche Entdeckungen sie machen. Was ist mit den Einwohnern der weißen Stadt passiert? Wurden sie verjagt, ermodet oder starben sie an einer Krankheit?
Letzteres wird immer wahrscheinlicher, als Preston mit den Teilnehmern der Expedition längst wieder zuhause in den USA ist. Plötzlich werden einige von ihnen krank. Erst nach mehreren Arztbesuchen finden sie die Ursache: Leishmaniose. Über diese Krankheit erfährt man im letzten Teil des Buches dann auch sehr viel.
Ich fand das Buch durchaus interessant, aber es hatte auch seine Längen. Man sollte sich auf jeden Fall für die Geschichte von Honduras und Leishmaniose interessieren, da diese Themen einen Großteil des Buches ausmachen. Die Expedition an sich dagegen ist eher kurz, wenn auch gut beschrieben. Aufgelockert wird der Reisebericht durch einige Fotos Prestons, die er während der Reise gemacht hat.
Das Buch kann ich vor allem biologisch, archäologisch und historisch interessierten Personen empfehlen. Ich fand es selbst nur bedingt interessant und lese daher lieber wieder Prestons tolle Romane!

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review 2017-09-22 18:57
The Cabin
The Cabin - Natasha Preston
There was plenty of times in this novel that I wanted to slap Mackenzie, it was her reluctant searching for clues with nothing panning out. Over and over, she was grasping at straws only to watch the straws fall by the wayside. I was getting tired of Mackenzie. Mackenzie, the girl who expected honesty but fell short herself in this trait. Mackenzie, the girl who fought for everyone, for everyone was innocent yet the clues told otherwise. Mackenzie, the girl who felt as if she was the only individual focused on finding the killer. I was on Mackenzie overload. I enjoyed the beginning of the novel as Mackenzie and handful of individuals gathered at a cabin to have one of their last get-togethers before they headed off to college. Loaded with booze, drugs and personal effects, the group was looking forward to a great weekend. Although Mackenzie couldn’t stand one of the boys that made up this group, his attendance was critical as he was dating one of Mackenzie’s best friends. A older sibling joins in at the last minute and it wasn’t long before Mackenzie and Blake were hitting it off. Two dead bodies lay in the kitchen floor when the group arises the next morning, who killed them and why? Locked doors and windows narrowed the suspects down, the drama was starting to build as the group comes to grips over the death of their two friends. I think the novel started to slide backwards as the intensity and excitement of what was occurring started to slowly decline. There were moments in the novel where I felt the author wanted to grab my attention but there just wasn’t the build-up those moments needed, to affect me. I was disappointed in this novel as I was exciting more intense action.

I am using this novel for Halloween Bingo, the Country House Mystery square.


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text 2017-09-04 15:40
August 2017 Round Up!
The Suicide Motor Club - Christopher Buehlman
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story - Douglas Preston
Marvel 1602 - Neil Gaiman,Richard Ianove,Andy Kubert
Mass Hysteria - Michael Patrick Hicks
Through A Glass Darkly - Donald Allen Kirch
The Lesser Dead - Christopher Buehlman
Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane (Rebirth) - Tom King,David Finch
Dreamwalker - James Russell Lowell
The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests - Chris Smith,Jon Stewart
The Talented Mr. Ripley - Patricia Highsmith

I read 15 books In August



Graphic Novels:


Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman

The Lost Boys Volume 1 by Tim Seeley

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three-Lady of Shadows by Robin Furth

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three-Bitter Medicine

Batman: Volume 3 I am Bane by Tom King


Total: 5


Audio Books:


The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman

Song of Susannah by Stephen King

The Daily Show The Book: An Oral History

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston


Total: 4




Mass Hysteria by Michael Patrick Hicks

Spungunion by John Boden (not yet available)


Total: 2


Random Books:


The Suicide Motor Club by Christopher Buehlman

Through a Glass Darkly by Donald Kirch

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Dreamwalker by Russell James


Total: 4







Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge: 

(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)

Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017


January Count: 1

February Count: 2 

March and April Count: 0

May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)

June & July: 0

August: 1-The Talented Mr. Ripley

Running Count: 6


Graphic Novel Challenge:

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017 


January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

April count: 5

May count: 3

June count: 4

July count: 4

August count: 5


Running Count: 33! Challenge Met!




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review 2017-09-02 17:49
Relic - Douglas Preston,Lincoln Child

It´s my second read of this book and it is still as fun as I remember. The perfect novel when you just want to read something fastpaced, actionpacked and suspenseful and you don´t want to use a lot of brainpower on the words you are reading. And to all of you who don´t like gore: there is a lot of it in this book.


The science is incredibly wacky (genetics in the 90s), but I loved the setting of the museum and the great characters, especially excentric Agent Pendergast and goodhearted, down-to-earth Lieutenant D´Agosta.


I didn´t like the epilogue, though, because it felt completely out of place and it has only been included to hint at a continuation of the story. I could easily have done without the epilogue.


I´ve read this for the monster square and trust me, there is a monster. I´m just not telling you what kind it is.






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